“Home ice advantage” is a common expression used throughout the National Hockey League, and one usually utilized for good reason: as of Jan. 16, only two out of the 30 NHL teams had a winning percentage below .500 on home ice.
For New York Islanders’ forwards Matt Martin and Matt Moulson, playing at the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum represents more than just a statistical advantage as the two athletes host a different member of the armed forces and his or her family for each of the team’s 41 home games. Win or lose, regulation, overtime or shootout, Martin and Moulson meet with their guests after games near the Islanders’ locker room – where, uncharacteristically, hockey isn’t the only topic of conversation.
Gatorball is a new and exciting game testing agility and throwing ability for members in grades 3-6. Sessions will be held on Mondays from 6:15-7:15 p.m., beginning Jan. 23 and will run 8 sessions through March 19 (with no session Feb. 20). The registration fee for Gatorball is $55.
Please Note: Registrants for athletic programs must have a current Club membership. The membership fee is $35 and is valid through May 31, 2012. Once registration fees are paid, there will be no refunds for cancellation, withdrawals or early termination.
After holding a successful clinic in 2011, The L. I. Thunderbolts Softball Club is now taking reservations for their second Winter Skills Clinic, which will take place in early 2012 at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, located at 25 Country Drive, Plainview. Geared for girls ages 7 – 12, this is a perfect way to get ready for the softball season; a limited amount of spots are available.
Session 1: Hitting will be held on Jan. 15, 22 and 29 for a cost of $65. Session 2: Pitching or Fielding will be held Feb. 5 and 12 for a cost of $55. Session 3: Hitting will be held Mar. 4, 11 and 18 for a cost of $65.
The Town of Oyster Bay will host National Hockey League (NHL) pioneer Willie O’Ree on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the state-of-the-art Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage, said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. O’Ree was known for his speed and checking abilities throughout his career and was a threat every time he touched the ice. His accomplishments on the ice, however, tell only part of his proud history. He also made an immeasurable social impact as the first black player to compete in a National Hockey League game.
“Willie O’Ree is often referred to as the “Jackie Robinson of ice hockey” due to the similarities of both as trailblazers in their respective sports.” Supervisor Venditto said. “The Town of Oyster Bay is fortunate to have Mr. O’Ree as a special guest at the rink. His historical significance in the sports world can’t be understated. He is an icon to the game of hockey.”
The event will be held on Friday, Jan. 20, and will begin at 7 p.m. with registration. Refreshments will be available for purchase at an additional cost, at this time.
The Oyster Bay High School Varsity Wrestling Team started the 2011 - 2012 wrestling season in a very strong and impressive way.
With a great team effort, the Baymen won the prestigious Hank Paris Memorial Wrestling Tournament Championship competing against 11 other teams in Nassau County. Individual Championships were won by the following wrestlers; Ryan Arnel, Blake Meyer, Rob Morgan and Dylan Rankin. Rob Morgan also won the Most Pins Trophy and reached a career record of 100 wins in his finals victory.
Conor Shelly reprised his Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5K win, Stefanie Braun reprised her Marcum Workplace Challenge win in the Women’s Division and Peter Hawkins completed still another wheelchair win, as beautiful skies and brisk temperatures greeted the competitors in the 24th annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run on Dec. 17. A total of 1,238 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes navigated the streets of Bethpage before crossing the finish line at the John F. Kennedy Middle School. (FYI the record number finishers for this event was 1256 in 2001.)
Highlighting the Run from a local standpoint were the outstanding performances of a trio of local youngsters – Thomas Brouillard of Woodbury, Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury, and Austin Huminski of Oyster Bay, who finished, 6th , 9th and 10th overall respectively. Humiski had been the overall winner of the 2009 edition of the Run, but the great crop of local youngsters on the Long Island racing scene in 2011 made this a fiercely competitive event, with eight of the first 10 finishers being less than 30 years old!
Every season the academic averages of all varsity sports teams are taken collectively and each team whose average is greater than 90 percent is honored with the Scholar/Athlete Team distinction by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). For the fall of 2011 season seven of the eight varsity teams had an average GPA of 90 percent or greater.
The Girls Cross Country team led the pack with a team average of 96.077 percent. The Boys Cross Country came in at 95.767 percent. Girls Field Hockey at 95.171 percent, Girls Tennis at 94.932 percent, Boys Soccer at 92.639 percent, Girls Soccer at 92.449 percent, and Girls Volleyball at 91.750 percent round out the very impressive field. The Football team had a team average of 89.142 percent, which is excellent, but missed the award by less than a point.
The Oyster Bay Patriots 12-year-olds played for the Division B Nassau County championship in TOB Flag Football game on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. at Walker Field in Hicksville.
The game was played between the Matlin Jets and the Oyster Bay Patriots under the lights.
The finishing times were exceptionally competitive in this year’s Rob’s Run, with the first 27 runners scoring in under 18 minutes. Seventeen-year-old Nick Mavros of Oyster Bay came in 21st place overall – in that tight pack.
There were 51 runners who came in under 19 minutes, and 78 runners breaking the magic 20 minute mark.
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